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Window of building on Shaefe Street / Strawbery Banke Museum
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Portsmouth’s earliest business district looked like this. Wooden houses often included families upstairs with their shops at street level. This house at the corner of Sheafe and Chapel streets was built on the ruins of the 1813 fire that gutted "the downtown. Remnants of the old shop were visible in 1874, but the building was torn down and replaced.


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House on Sheafe and Chapel Streets, Portsmouth, NH / Strawbery Banke Collection

Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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